The comprehensive teaching programme of the Department of Vocal Studies is designed to prepare students for careers as singers through giving them a broad experience of the vocal repertoire for solo recitals, concert arias, oratorios and operas. Apart from their intensive weekly major study vocal and technical lessons, students receive vocal coaching, professional accompaniment, diction, language tuition, vocal pedagogy and ensemble classes.
Students have opportunities to perform regularly in the Academy Choir, as soloists in operas, in chamber music and in the regular public concerts of the Department of Vocal Studies. All vocal students take part in the annual fully-staged opera production in the Academy Drama Theatre under the guidance of eminent professional guest conductors and opera directors. In addition to the fully staged opera presentation in the second semester, costumed opera scenes with the Academy Symphony Orchestra are presented in the first semester of each year.
The curriculum is enriched with frequent masterclasses and workshops given by international visiting artists.